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Good morning. It's Saturday, July 22, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the passing of a legendary American singer, a surprising discovery about metal, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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One Big Headline
 

Tony Bennett Dies

Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett—whose career spanned eight decades—died Friday at 96, two weeks short of his birthday. The cause of death was not reported, though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016. 

 

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in 1926 in Queens, New York, Bennett began singing at an early age after his mother encouraged him and his siblings to do so at home. In 1944, he was drafted into the US Army, fighting in World War II. He was discharged in 1946 and became a recording artist in 1949.  

 

Bennett, who was influenced by icons like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Billie Holiday, garnered 41 Grammy nominations over his career and won 19 awards. He collaborated with a range of stars, including Barbra Streisand, John Legend, Paul McCartney, and Carrie Underwood. His final public performance was in August 2021 for two sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga. Bennett was also inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and received the United Nations "Citizen of the World" award.

 

See Bennett's hit songs here and photos of his life here.

Quick Hits
 

Trial in Trump's classified documents case set for May 2024. 

A federal judge pushed the criminal trial over former President Donald Trump's mishandling of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate to May 20, 2024. The judge rejected Trump's request to delay the trial until after the 2024 presidential campaign but stopped short of accepting the government's proposed December trial.

 

Putin critic and former Russian commander arrested in eastern Ukraine.

Igor Girkin, a prominent war blogger, has been detained on charges of promoting extremism, marking the first high-profile instance in which Russia has taken action against pro-war critics of Russian leaders. Meanwhile, Russia continued to strike food export facilities in Ukraine for the fourth day Friday after withdrawing from a grain deal this week. See more war updates here.

 

Israeli Air Force reservists threaten to stop service over judicial overhaul.

The group of more than 1,000 members, including pilots, drone operators, and air traffic controllers, said Friday they will end their volunteer service next week if the Israeli government pushes through its plans to reduce the nation's judicial powers. See an explanation of the proposal here.

 

Seven tech companies agree to AI safeguards set by White House.

The group of companies—Amazon, Google, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, OpenAI, and startups Anthropic and Inflection—has committed to a set of standards that include publicly reporting flaws and risks in their technology as well as having third-party oversight of the workings of commercial AI systems. The agreement will expire once Congress passes legislation to regulate AI. 

 

Scientists observe cracked piece of metal heal itself.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories and Texas A&M University found a microscopic crack—caused by repeated stress or motion and known as fatigue damage—eventually fused back together during a separate experiment involving repeated motions. If harnessed, the discovery could aid in creating self-healing machines and other metal structures.

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Humankind
 

A 6-year-old dedicates his kindergarten graduation speech to his late mother. (More, w/video)

 

Ohio high school teacher donates kidney to a 15-year-old student in need. (More

 

Retired police officer runs 50 marathons in 50 days to raise money for fallen colleague's family. (More)

 

Town residents raise $20K for retired local milkman whose pension doesn't kick in for another year. (More

 

Young boy stops to hug stray dogs he passes on his way to school. (More, w/video)

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Bob M. in Costa Rica.

 

"The main fuse on my car blew, and the vehicle was dead on the road. It was around 11 am. After hitching a ride into town and getting tools and a replacement fuse, I got back to the car and realized I needed a 10mm socket. Two different people stopped and tried to help but did not have the socket. Just before dark another man drove by, then stopped and backed up to my car. I told him the problem and he quickly got the right tool and changed the fuse. When I tried to give him some money he waved, said, 'Pura vida and mucho gusto,' and we went on our ways home."

 

What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us here.

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Medical misdiagnoses lead to 795,000 Americans per year being killed or permanently disabled.

> Ticket sales for the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand break record with nearly 1.4 million tickets sold, surpassing record in 2015
> ... and in other sports tidbits, tennis player Novak Djokovic has been fined $8K for smashing his racket during the men's singles final at Wimbledon.

 

Browse 

> The best European beach cities for a summer workation

> Ten unique castles from around the world.

> Divers encounter giant deep-sea oarfish.

> Get your hands on a pickle-flavored wine cocktail

 

Listen 

> Johnny Cash sings a mashup of "Barbie Girl" and "Party in the USA," thanks to AI

> The impact of "Jurassic Park" on science and culture.


Watch 

> Drone footage captures Iceland's volcanic eruption.  

Why discovering your hidden character strengths can impact your life.

> How US train travel went from excellent to mediocre.

> A golden retriever protests leaving a brewery parking lot.

 

Long Read 

> Inside El Salvador's secretive mega-jail for gang members.

Paris is preparing for the return of a hundred-year flood.

 

Best of the Week: The year's funniest pet photos.

 

Historybook: "America the Beautiful" written (1893); Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta born (1932); Infamous gangster John Dillinger killed by federal agents (1934); "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek born (1940); Singer and actress Selena Gomez born (1992) 

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